I use my own hand-made wallet most days (it’s a half size version of this wonderful tute). Although the design is good, because I carry a fair bit of change around, it sometimes bugs me that it is fiddly to get coins in and out of the flat pocket (it’s not so much of a problem on the original version because it’s so much bigger) – you can see that it might get tricky:
I had a patchwork wallet top all completed and ready to go, so I thought I’d try and improve on the pocket section using that as my starting point. So this is the pretty patchwork outer.. (are you bored of the linen yet?!):
The fabrics are mostly from the bundle of Washi I got from M is for Make, but there’s a little bit of Hope Valley and Loulouthi in there too. I’ve done a sort of improv log cabin thing for the patchwork.
And this is the inside with the tweaked pocket. The zip is positioned at the top of the pocket, so that you can open it up fully:
I’m pleased with the result (although the zip position got a bit curled when I sewed the sides – I was rushing to see how it worked – impatient as ever!), it’s easier to see what coins you have when you are fishing around for bits of change. It’s not quite right yet, but I have another wallet underway and will be trying it again.
I also used another invisible magnetic snap to create the fastening section – I am keen to try designs that don’t interfere with the patchwork on the front!
Don’t these fabrics look lovely with the linen? Which is not so surprising when the designer is Rashida Coleman-Hale, Zakka-style queen! I love the Washi collection – I think it’s my favourite at the moment – the colours are stunning, the patterns work very well together, and I love the combination of the stylised florals with the groovy triangles.
I am so excited today because lovely Kerry has drawn me a gorgeous new logo for a planned new venture of mine. I wish I could show it to you right now… but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow, when I also plan to do a little bit of destashing in conjunction with The Fabric Marketplace. It’s going to be a great start to May!